The New York Sports Club at the Princeton Shopping Center has been closed permanently. It is unclear whether another fitness company has bought the location from the parent company that owns the New York Sports Club brand.
On Friday, workers removed fitness and office equipment from the gym that has been at the shopping center for more than two decades.
All calls to the Princeton location are being forwarded to the New York Sports Club in East Brunswick. An employee there confirmed that the Princeton location had been closed. The East Brunswick location is the only location that is currently open in New Jersey, employees said. The Marlboro, New Jersey location was sold to Crunch Fitness and will reopen under the Crunch Fitness name. Planet Princeton has reached out to Town Sports International and, Edens, the owner of the Princeton Shopping Center, to see if another fitness center is slated for the space. We will update this story when more information becomes available.
The closure comes the same week parent company Town Sports International announced that it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. In an announcement about the bankruptcy filing, the company said it would continue to operate its sports clubs. But it appears that as part of the restructuring, the company has shut down underperforming locations and sold some others. Town Sports International owns New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Philadelphia Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs, Lucille Roberts, Total Woman, and Around the Clock Fitness brands.
Town Sports, one of the largest owners and operators of fitness clubs in the Northeast, was hit with a class-action lawsuit earlier this year for continuing to charge monthly membership fees after gyms were forced to close due to COVID-19 in March. Members at some locations were still being charged a monthly fee to suspend their accounts or a cancellation fee. The New York Sports Club reached an agreement with the attorney general of New York in April to freeze memberships and reimburse members for fees charged while the gyms were closed. In September, the New York Attorney General’s office received a new wave of complaints from members who reported that their accounts had been unfrozen and automatically charged on Sept. 1 when some of the franchise’s locations reopened in New York City.